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Fun Facts About Doordarshan You Probably Did Not Know

Aug 28, 2017 | Newspaper
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It may seem like Doordarshan has been around forever, but how many of us know about the milestones it has crossed and the pioneering work it has witnessed along its journey?

Read on to find out some fun facts about India’s very own broadcasting network.

  1. Doordarshan began with an experimental telecast in Delhi on September 15, 1959.
  2. It started with a makeshift studio with its equipment provided by Philips India.
  3. It had a coverage of only 40 kilometers around Delhi when it had started out. Programmes used to be telecast twice a week for an hour per day.
  4. Doordarshan used to be a part of the All India Radio till 1976. It became a national broadcaster in 1982.
  5. Colour television in India was introduced by Doordarshan in 1982, with the live airing of the Independence Day speech by the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.
  6. Doordarshan had borrowed ATS-6 satellite from NASA for a year to attempt using space technology for social education. Such an attempt was the first of its kind in the world.
  7. Krishi Darshan, a programme directed at disseminating agricultural information to the farming population of the country, commenced on Doordarshan in 1967. It is the longest-running television series in the world.
  8. The first TV serial on Doordarshan was Ladoosingh Taxiwala which commenced in 1976.
  9. Doordarshan introduced Shaktimaan, India’s first superhero, to the viewers in 1998.
  10. Indian television witnessed Hum Log, the first soap opera of India, on Doordarshan.
  11. Commercials started being aired on Doordarshan in 1976.
  12. Doordarshan was relaunched on November 17, 2014. A new theme of pink and purple along with a new punch line “Desh ka Apna Channel” was given to it.
  13. DD-1, the largest terrestrial network in the world, covers about 91.2% population and 79% land area of the country.

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